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Onondaga Unit

Draft 2017 Unit Management Plan

The Onondaga Unit includes Camillus Forest and Split Rock Unique Areas in the Onondaga County towns of Camillus and Onondaga. The Unit Management Plan (UMP) will include a revision to the previously published Camillus Forest Unique Area Unit Management Plan (2004) and will add the 34-acre Split Rock Unique Area.

Camillus Forest Unique Area is located in the town of Camillus and currently has over five miles of designated hiking trails which provide access to 40 acres of sugar maple and beech old forest.

Camillus Forest Unique Area Map (PDF, 129 KB)

Split Rock Unique Area is located on the boundary of the towns of Camillus and Onondaga. This small area includes a steep limestone bank with a population of American Hart's Tongue fern, a state and federally listed endangered plant monitored by DEC in collaboration with the SUNY College of Environmental Science and Forestry.

Split Rock Unique Area Map (PDF, 35.2 KB)

Unit Management Plans assess the natural, physical, social, and recreational resources of the landscape and provide a solid foundation for the development of long-term land management goals, objectives, and actions. Public input is an important part of the UMP development process and is encouraged by DEC. Prior to drafting the UMP, DEC will solicit input from the public.

The public is encouraged to share their ideas about the UMP development during the comment period, August 10th through October 10th, 2017. Ideas can be shared in a number of ways, including:

1) Attend an open house on Thursday, August 10th, 2017 from 6:30PM to 8:30PM, at the following location:

Camillus Town Hall
4600 West Genesee Street
Syracuse, NY 13219

DEC Forestry staff will provide a brief presentation on the UMP process and background on the Unit and will review the wildlife habitat and recreational improvements that have been successfully implemented over the last ten years. Following the presentation, DEC Forestry staff be available on an informal basis to meet and receive comments or ideas.

2) Mail your written comments/ideas for the draft UMP by October 10th, 2017 to:

Division of Lands and Forests
Attn: Onondaga UMP
1285 Fisher Avenue
Cortland, NY 13045

3) Email your comments/ideas by October 10th, 2017 to; or

4) Call Senior Forester Matt Swayze at (607) 753-3095 ext. 220 to leave your comments by October 10th, 2017.

2004 UMP - Camillus Forest Unique Area

The 355-acre Camillus Forest Unique Area, consisting solely of Camillus Forest Unique Area, was established in March of 1997 with the goal of preserving the land for public enjoyment and education of present and future generations of Central New Yorkers. Collectively, the area is an exceptional and diverse open space resource that provides a multitude of passive recreational use opportunities. The "crown jewel" of the property is a 40-acre forest located in its southwest corner. It is a magnificent old sugar maple and American beech forest that is nearly two centuries old and is one of the finest examples of a mature northern hardwood forest in Central New York. This forest is slowly developing characteristics of an old growth forest. A portion of the forest is truly an ecologically significant and irreplaceable area deserving protection under the State Nature and Historical Preserve Trust (article 45) of the New York State Environmental Conservation Law.

Final 2004 Unit Management Plan:

Camillus Forest Unique Area Unit Management Plan, Plan-Appendix VI (PDF, 2.7 Mb)

Camillus Forest Unique Area Unit Management Plan, Appendix VII-Source List (PDF, 2.8 Mb)